Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, May 22, 2012 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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"Digital Vertigo provides an articulate, measured, contrarian voice against a sea of hype about social media. As an avowed technology optimist, I'm grateful for Keen who makes me stop and think before committing myself fully to the social revolution." —Larry Downes, author of The Killer App In Digital Vertigo, Andrew Keen presents today’s social media revolution as the most wrenching cultural transformation since the Industrial Revolution. Fusing a fast-paced historical narrative with front-line stories from today’s online networking revolution and critiques of "social" companies like Groupon, Zynga and LinkedIn, Keen argues that the social media transformation is weakening, disorienting and dividing us rather than establishing the dawn of a new egalitarian and communal age. The tragic paradox of life in the social media age, Keen says, is the incompatibility between our internet longings for community and friendship and our equally powerful desire for online individual freedom. By exposing the shallow core of social networks, Andrew Keen shows us that  the more electronically connected we become, the lonelier and less powerful we seem to be.  
  

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Review: Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us

User Review  - Jonathan Widell - Goodreads

A bleak view of how our privacy is gone in social media. Of course, anyone writing a review on Goodreads and having it posted on Facebook would have to take exception. Still good. Very knowledgeable. Very insightful. Read full review

Review: Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us

User Review  - Mike Harris - Goodreads

A good listen, and more enjoyable than than reading it was. Often don't agree with Andrew Keen, but always gives a good argument for his side of the cause. Read full review

Contents

HYPERVISIBILITY
A SIMPLE IDEA OF ARCHITECTURE
LETS GET NAKED
VISIBILITY IS A TRAP
THE CULT OF THE SOCIAL
THE AGE OF THE GREAT EXHIBITION
THE AGE OF GREAT EXHIBITIONISM
THE BEST PICTURE OF 2011
THE WOMAN IN BLUE
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About the author (2012)

ANDREW KEEN, author of The Cult of the Amateur, is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur whose writings on culture, media, and technology have appeared in The Weekly Standard, Fast Company, The San Francisco Chronicle, Listener, and Jazziz. He lives in Santa Rosa, California.

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